I love tools that make life easier. I keep a garden glove in the kitchen. Why? Because it makes it so much easier to get a lid off a jar. In fact sometimes it is not about making it easier to get the lid off, it is about being able to get it off at all. So yes, even a glove can be considered a tool in certain circumstances. Plugins can be just like that. Are you an intrepid website owner who has taken charge of creating your own site? Or have you taken charge of maintenance and edits, after … [Read more...] about How the right WordPress plugin is like a garden glove
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, it means developing and improving your website so that it ranks highly with search engines When looking at search results in Google, there are two types of results returned. There are paid ads, and there are non-paid search results, which are called "organic" search results. The focus of this post is on organic results and how to achieve a higher organic ranking in Google. Generally there are two broad categories for SEO. #1: On-page … [Read more...] about 8 Ways to Improve SEO and Get Your Website Found
Here are some blog resources and tools I recommend for your DIY blogging journey. It is by no means a comprehensive or all-inclusive list, these are my personal favorites. You have a very large number of choices, and your preferences may vary. In some cases the links on this page are affiliate links, which simply means that if you use the link to make a purchase, I earn a small commission. It adds no extra cost to your purchase, but supports this blog. Blogging Platform Lets start … [Read more...] about Blog Resources and Recommendations – The Basics
Continuing the theme of previous posts, the title refers to a line from the TV series Firefly. It is a conversation between Captain Mal and Jayne, and it goes as follows: Mal: How come you didn't turn on me, Jayne? Jayne: Money wasn't good enough. Mal: What happens when it is? Jayne: [smiling] Well... that'll be an interesting day. It's a very valid question, given that Jayne is a man driven by money interest. In fact he joined the crew, and turned on his previous compatriots, for … [Read more...] about Money wasn’t good enough… Blogging Effectively
The title is a quote from season one of Game of Thrones. Tyrion Lannister is speaking to Jon Snow, and the full quote is as follows: "...never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you." I grew up with the opposite idea in my head, fearing that being who I was could, and probably would, get me hurt. I loved writing As a child, I wanted to blend in, to fit in. I never trusted that people would like me or accept me for … [Read more...] about Never forget what you are… Wear it like armor
What should you blog about? Ah, that is the question isn't it? (another question that might be on your mind is what this has do with sudden betrayal, don't worry, I'll get to that) When you blog, you sometimes struggle with coming up with topics to write about. I am certainly not going to tell you what topics to blog about, since only you know what your expertise is. Obviously you should always keep your focus on providing value for your target customer or client. You know what their … [Read more...] about “Curse Your Sudden But Inevitable Betrayal”
... or why you should consider having a fresh set of eyes take a look at your website. If you have been reading this blog, it will not come as a huge surprise that I am using another example from the TV series Firefly to illustrate another issue regarding making your website work optimally. The quote is from the premier episode, and this is the setting: Captain Mal, Jayne and Zoë are about to meet Patience, to make a delivery of goods in exchange for payment. The goods are stolen and … [Read more...] about Testing… Captain, can you hear me?
If you have been following along with me lately, you'll have noticed a theme of my posts - they all have something to do with Firefly, one of the indisputably greatest TV series ever made. (I dare you to dispute me) And if you are not a browncoat yet, what's keepin' you? Let's talk about Kaylee and the failing catalyzer on the compression coil. If you still have not taken my recommendation to heart, and you don't know what this is all about, let me set the stage: When critical components … [Read more...] about WordPress updates – Ignore Kaylee at your own risk
...but use a safety net. Malcolm Reynolds, yet again? If you read my article about getting your blog to take off, you remember I advised your to be like Mal, quick on the draw. Mal is not one to hesitate. He's back, still acting without hesitation. Now I am saying be like Mal when it comes to editing your site as well, so what does that mean? It means you don't exactly have to overthink things. It means you can be a bit playful when you let your creative side loose on the design elements … [Read more...] about Edit your WordPress site like Mal
Who is Mal? That would be Malcolm Reynolds, captain of the spaceship Serenity, in the TV series Firefly. No, he most certainly doesn't blog - but he can teach us a thing or two about life, which we can make use of in our blogging life. Mal is a man who is quick on the draw, and does not agonize over what decisions to make. Malcolm Reynolds is a man of action. He knows that not taking action when needed can get you in serious trouble. If you are not familiar with Firefly, there is a 10 … [Read more...] about Can’t get started blogging? Don’t agonize. Be like Mal.